Sunday 19 April 2020


It is day 27 of the lockdown and I am looking out of the window upon a bright sunny day with a few clouds in the sky. It is the perfect day to go outside and do something interesting – except we can’t. Apart from the walk that Mrs PM and I took down by the River Mersey this morning, we are now stuck inside for the rest of the day (though we maygo and sit in the garden for a while later).

What better way to spend the time than to answer some more questions from Sunday Stealing which seem to be quirky – a word that has been used to describe me in the past.

Let’s dive in and see just how quirky I am then, shall we?

1.   Did you become what you wanted to be when you grew up? Are you happy with your choice?

No. When I was a kid I didn’t know what I wanted to be to be honest. I did briefly consider being an actor after I was about to star in a musical play at junior school about Aesop and his fables. Sadly the play was cancelled but I had played the Prince in Sleeping Beauty and also the Gryphon in Alice in Wonderland. Then I wanted to be a singer – the problem was my voice then, as now, sounded like a cat being strangled.

I chose the easy way out – do something I was good at, rather than something I wanted to do. And now I am stuck with what was considered a very geeky career – doing daily battle with computers.

At first I was happy because to me it was easy. I never understood why people cannot handle computers – I still don’t. But now I am bored with it. It is a chore. I don’t challenge myself any more. Thankfully my career is nearly over (we are talking four or five years) so I shall rid myself of that particular burden.

Is it too late to do something new?

Judging by some of the famous singers and actors out there whose vocals are worse than mine and whose acting skills are so wooden, maybe I could have and still can do it.

It’s a thought but I prefer creativity. I enjoy writing and I am still learning – so I shall do that.

2.    Did man really go to the moon or was it a publicity stunt?

I love conspiracy theories and this is one of my favourites. The main story is that the Americans were so paranoid and desperate to better the Soviets that they filmed the entire moon landing in a studio to say “We did it – NER NER NERNER NER!”

I don’t buy it. I think the Americans got there. I do wonder why we haven’t been back for decades though.

3.    Given the opportunity to change one major aspect of your life (i.e. career, relationship, family) with no guarantee of the outcome, would you take the chance? Why?

As I said in question 1 I would change my career if I could. As I approach the end of it, I can start looking at alternatives but as hobbies. The good news is that if I fail or don’t like my choices, I can just move on without risk. I like that.

4.    Does money buy happiness?

Money certainly contributes to happiness. One of my passions is travelling and I am grateful to have been able to visit lots of places thanks to the money I have earned as a geek. So in a certain way the answer it yes. I wouldn’t like to be obscenely rich though if I am honest. I would end up giving most of it away to worthy causes and to help others.

5.    What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I sleep without my glasses so the first thing I do is reach over to my bedside table so that I can find them. Without my glasses I can’t see the bedside alarm clock so I don’t know what time it is. The only problem is that when I am groping around I end up putting my greasy fingers all over the lenses and for a while, until I have cleaned them, my vision is very foggy.

6.    What are we going to do when we run out of room to bury the dead?

I would guess that we will cremate people. What else would we do? Blast them into space?

7.    What is your greatest fear? Why? Is it rational or unreasonable?

I have a few irrational fears. Probably the greatest is a fear of heights. I never used to be scared of heights and I vividly recall being at the top of the Eiffel Tower and marvelling at how wonderful the view is. In the past three decades however, my fear has got to the point where I will avoid anything that is high. Stupidly I have tried to conquer my fear on several occasions and each time I have failed.

It is irrational I think because it is not dangerous to be at the top of a skyscraper – falling off yes but not if you are looking through a window. I just don’t get why it has happened. It’s madness.

8.    How do you feel about the exploitation of your private data in the digital age? Does it ever cross your mind or are you hyper-aware of the risks?

Working in the world of IT has taught me that your private data can be accessible. All it takes is a dedicated and capable hacker. Forget what you see in movies – it is not that simple. However, it is definitely possible and sometimes people can be their own worst enemies by using simple passwords, giving away details to people who ask via phishing emails etc. If you have your wits about you, you should be fine.

As far as social media is concerned, you should also limit the amount of personal details you publish online. I am very careful what I reveal. Okay as “The Plastic Mancunian” I am merely an anonymous blogger and dabble in social media as that alias but I still reveal very little about who I really am, who my family and friends are etc.  Some people know who I really am – and I don’t mind that – but generally I prefer the anonymity.

9.    You can be forgiven one debt. What is it? If you don’t have debt, then how did you do it?

I don’t have any debts, having paid off my mortgage a year or two ago. I did it by overpaying when I could. I would recommend it.

10.    Hot or cold?

I think I prefer to be hotter rather than colder – but not too hot.

11.    What is your favourite thing in the world (aside from family, friends, pets)?

Probably travelling abroad – something I can’t do at the moment and won’t be able to do for a while yet. I love getting away to foreign countries and trying to immerse myself into different cultures. If I win the lottery, the first thing I shall do is book a round the world ticket, travelling to as many countries as I can.

12.    You have to give up one of your five senses. Which one would you go without?

I wrote an entire blog post about this way back in 2011 – here it is.

I came to the conclusion in a roundabout way that if forced, I would give up my sense of smell.

13.    Do you believe everyone has a doppelgänger?

Yes. I have several. I look like these guys:

If you don’t believe me …

Here is another post I wrote way back in 2015 about my doppelgängers

14.    Likewise, does everyone have a soulmate or is it just a matter of proximity and circumstance?

Yes, I do – and not just one. I think proximity and circumstance have something to do with it. I reckon that if I were young free and single and decided to move to a foreign country I would manage to find a soulmate wherever I went.

15.    Imagine you have a theme song that plays every time you enter a room. What would your song be?

Now there’s a challenge! Wait a moment while I look through my collection of songs (it may take a while).

Hey, hey, hey
I'm back in your face like I've never been away
I'm back in your face and it's where I'm gonna stay
Like a runaway mack, like a union jack
I'm back


Stacy said...

I did the anonymous blog thing a long time ago and learned the hard way that anonymous isn't necessarily anonymous. It was a rough time in life and I used the blog to vent, changing names, locations, etc. Still, a close family member found it, identified it as mine, and got very, very offended. He knew more than the average person about computers at the time, but I would never have thought he could find my true identity. Lesson learned. I just use my name now, but weigh very carefully anything I put out there.

The glasses in the morning...I should have thought of that, because that is, for sure, the first thing. Taking them off is also the last thing I do at night.

Have a great week!

The Gal Herself said...

Do you have the show Frasier in your land? Have you seen the Cher movies, Moonstruck and Suspect? I'm not asking bizarre random questions here. They share an actor: John Mahoney. He didn't even take his first acting class until he was 40. So if it's something your heart is still calling you to do, pursue it!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Stacey,

My blog was discovered by a workmate when I told him I havd a blog. Being in IT he took it as a challenge to find it - and did so remarkably quickly based on his knoweldge of me. Of course he told people and some still read it. I am very careful not to offend people in it because of this mainly because I was trying to inject humour into it and use it as a canvas for venting my speen on random topics.

Not sure I want to let the world know who I am though.

Yes - glasses off is the last thing I do at night - and invariably they sometimes end up on the floor because I can't see the bedside table ...




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Gal Herself,

Yes we did have Frazier (a funny show). Daphne is supposed to be from Manchester (she's not) but ironically John Mahoney grew up in an area of Manchester called Withington which is walking distance from my house.

I think it's too late to pursue a belated career as an actor to be honest. It appealed as a child - but not now.




CountryDew said...

I forgot about my glasses. Sometimes you do stuff so automatically you don't remember you do it. I think you should try acting if you want to do that. We have lots of amateur theater, I'm sure you must as well.

songbird's crazy world said...

We haven’t been back to the moon because NASA had other priorities, like the space station, But when I visited the Kennedy space center in Florida a few years ago ... now that private industry is taking over routine functions like launching satellites, NASA plans to go back to the moon and then to Mars. And the pandemic has not interfered with these plans.

Kwizgiver said...

I have no motivation to answer the questions this week, but it's been great fun reading everyone else's answers!

Lori said...

I have also wondered why we have not returned to the moon.
I am with you needing to get the glasses on in the morning!
I loved your story about Mrs. PM, the cat and the mouse! I would feel the same as Mrs. PM did! I left your a reply. Loved your answers! Have a great day!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CD,

I used to work with an amateur actor and he always seemed very busy in his spare time, either writing, learning, rehearsing, setting up stages etc.

Too much for me at the moment and, as I said above, the appeal has gone.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Songbird,

I really hope they go to Mars. That would be amazing.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

I still laugh now when I think about it.